Piano no. 13, Cafe Intime, Copenhagen

Next city on my journey was Copenhagen, where I stayed for several days.

Copenhagen is in my mind always connected to jazz, maybe it could be called “the jazz capital” of Scandinavia. With this in mind, I began searching for jazz clubs and other places for pianos, and with some online searching and asking around, found quite many.

However, I found many challenges along the way. The first place I visited, had a grand piano, BUT, it was bolted shut and modified into a fancy table for DJ-equipment. O tempora o mores!!!

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Another interesting looking place, the Library Bar, was closed for renovation at the moment.

Other challenges included opening time conflicts with my schedule, and places not allowing me to make the recording for variety of reasons.

But, despite these setbacks I found two extremely interesting places and pianos, and here is the first one.

Cafe Intime, founded in 1922, used to be the first gay bar in the city. Now, it has a diverse audience, kind of a family feel among the regulars, and very open-minded attitude towards visitors, not to mention one of the friendliest staffs I’ve ever seen! There is a cassically nice interior and atmosphere, and the grand piano in the corner is an integral part of it.

The piano is Hindsberg, a Danish piano manufacturer active from mid-1800s to mid-1900s. The regulars call this piano Miss Hindsberg, so it is definitely part of the family :)

There is also live piano music quite often, jazz, swing, and classic danish songs, with the whole bar singing along. Great stuff, good times!

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